Doobies Drummer Dies

Doobie Brothers drummer ‘Big Mike’ Hossack has died of cancer at the age of 65.
Band manager Bruce Cohn paid the following tribute:

“Mike was a one-of-a kind guy and a longtime member of the Doobies. He was a fighter and fought the big battle with cancer – and I speak for Mike’s family and the entire band when I say he will be greatly missed.”

New Jersey-born Hossack joined The Doobie Brothers in 1971 to become part of the band’s patented ‘dual-drummer attack’ alongside John Hartman.

Hossack played on some of the Doobies’ biggest hits including Listen To The Music and China Grove.

He left the band in 1973 and formed Bonaroo, worked with other bands, and became a partner in a Hollywood recording studio.

He rejoined the Doobies in 1987 and remained with them when they re-formed to make albums like Cycles, Brotherhood and World Gone Crazy.

In June 2001 Hossack suffered multiple fractures from a motorcycle accident. After months gruelling physical therapy, he returned to the Doobies.

Hossack was a permanent fixture in the band until he developed cancer in 2010 and had to take a leave of absence. He died on March 12 at his home in Dubois, Wyoming.

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